Master's studies

Syllabus for Fundamental and Molecular Systematics

Allmän och molekylär systematik

Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1BG393
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2012-03-08
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 150 credits including alt 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry or 30 credits earth sciences. alt 2) 90 credits biology.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • discuss and apply principles of delimitation and identification of species and other taxa
  • account for the central concepts of the field and principles of phylogenetic analysis, especially based on the parsimony criterion
  • discuss and apply methods to generate relevant molecular data, mainly sequence data
  • choose and apply existing software in the included course parts, from generating relevant molecular data to phylogenetic analysis
  • critically analyse, evaluate, compile, and present the results of phylogenetic analyses.

Content

The course deals with central concepts of general and molecular systematics, technologies for collection of molecular data and basic methods for phylogenetic analysis. Systematic issues and methods to address these; phylogenetic trees, the homology concept, classification. Phylogenetics; characters and character coding, sequence alignment, the parsimony criterion and other optimality criteria, tree search, sampling error and support, practical phylogenetic analysis. Delimitation and identification of taxa; species concepts, criteria and methods to delimit species in practice, identification of species with DNA sequences. Molecular data; types of molecular data for phylogenetic analysis and identification, extraction, amplification and sequencing of DNA.

Instruction

The course consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions.

Assessment

Parts of the course: Theory 5 credits; Laboratory sessions 5 credits
The theory part is examined through written examination, written report, and seminars. The laboratory part has compulsory
attendance with oral and written presentations.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2015

  • Baum, David A.; Smith, Stacey D. Tree thinking : an introduction to phylogenetic biology

    Greenwood Village, Colo.: Roberts, c2013

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